Alder

ACRYLIC ON DEEP EDGED BOX CANVAS  with metal leaf

30 x 30cm

 

Part of a series of paintings on the theme of 'trees of the pagan calendar' Alder was produced for Red Hen's Brighton May Festival exhibition 2006 'Yew & Others'. 

Alder is the fourth tree of the pagan calendar and falls during April, the time of the spring solstice when night and day are of equal lengths, sun and moon in harmony.  The pagan festival during this moon is Oestra (Eostre or in Latin, Ostara).  Indigo and deep blue are the symbolic colours of the alder moon.  The hare is known as the 'messenger of the moon' and also associated with this time of year (mad March hares), as are rabbits and eggs.     

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